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ANOTHER QUIZ NIGHT - ANOTHER £710 RAISED FOR THE COVID RELIEF FUND

Monday 28th September 2020

We had another hugely enjoyable Zoom quiz night  last Friday with participants coming from as far reach as Cornwall. To date the Quiz has raised £710 towards our Covid Relief Fund, from which we have already distruted £3,000 and aim to donate another £3,000 shortly.  Thank you all those taking part and to the question setters - thankfully the sports round was easier this time!

CLUB VISIT TO BATTLE OF BRTAIN MUSEUM HAWKINGE

Thursday 17th September 2020

Pre-Covid, Club Service Committee had organised a number of events for the coming year. Unfortunately most of these have had to be postponed.  However, after some discussion at Club Service Committee and a quick recce to the Battle of Britain Museum in July, it was decided to go ahead with arranging a September Rotary Club visit to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

A party of twelve met up on a glorious late summer day on 9th September at the Museum in Hawkinge, on the site of a WW11 RAF airfield.

The museum houses a huge number of artifacts from that three month period from July to September 1940.  This includes a Heinkel bomber, several Hurricanes and other British fighter bombers. There are also hundreds of pieces of aircraft engines and other debris from downed planes - both German and British.

More poignantly, the stories of the young men who took part and often died in the conflict, again both German and British, are recounted in some detail around the site.

We were all incredibly moved by our visit, especially on this anniversary year as well as being  pleased to be able to carry on with some of our planned programme. 

RECENT ZOOM MEETINGS - Part 2

Saturday 12th September 2020

Although the Club is not meeting face-to-face, members are meeting regularly on Zoom and in recent weeks guest speakers have been invited to talk to members.

Elise Monks is the Children & Young People Support Co-ordinator in Swale. She spoke about her work with Kent Young Carers, supporting  almost 600 young people from the Swale area, aged from 5-18 who provide a care-giving role for another member of their household who may have a long term condition, disability or illness. 

During Social Distancing due to COVID Elise has run virtual sessions for Swale Young Carers as it’s not been possible to meet up for the group activities and trips which would usually provide important breaks for the Young Carers. 

Elise is currently getting used to a new way of working with Social Distancing, including a trip to an Outdoor activities centre, as well as some One to One support in schools for those young people needing something extra. 

https://www.imago.community/Children-and-Young-People/Kent-Young-Carers

 

RECENT ZOOM Meetings - Part 1

Saturday 12th September 2020

Although the Club is not meeting face-to-face, members are meeting regularly on Zoom and in recent weeks guest speakers have been invited to talk to members.

Sarah Harvey, Chairman of Trustees of Abbey Physic Community Garden in Faversham, spoke about the activities which usually go on at the garden and how members and volunteers are keeping in touch in the current circumstances. Usually there would be horticultural training, cookery sessions in the community kitchen, creating wildlife areas, and  much much more.

The garden is gradually re-opening for limited numbers of members, and others are keeping in contact with Zoom and phone calls.

Gardening and spending time outdoors are important for mental health and well-being, and the Physic Garden plays a significant role in these areas for it’s members and volunteers.

To find out more please go to abbeyphysic.org

£3,500 COVID 19 SUPPORT GRANTS FROM THE CLUB

Tuesday 1st September 2020

Faversham Rotary Club via its Trust Fund is keenly supporting local clubs and organisations in the work they do in the community, especially in the current challenging circumstances.

Michael Hoey, President of Faversham Rotary, said “Our Club is committed to supporting the local community and our COVID-19 Emergency Fund was set up to provide quick help for those of our town’s charities and not-for-profit organisations that have been most hit by the pandemic”.

The Rotary Club recently set aside a sum of money to help local not-for-profit organisations which have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Applications for grants were invited and eight groups have now been awarded sums totalling £3250. These groups are the Arden Theatre, the Building Preservation Trust in support of the Assembly Hall, Faversham Strike Force, Faversham Swimming Club, FACE, St Mary’s Benefice Ospringe & Davington, and the United Church.

Lee Suter of Faversham Strike Force said "The grant has supported our commitment to a safe return to football. We have had 350 children aged 6 through to our men's and ladies team return to training and playing games and we used the grant to purchase cleaning products for equipment, hand sanitiser and other items to support PPE. The whole return to football has been a huge piece of work for us but we are fully committed to offering a safe environment through PPE, track and trace and gaining consent from parents and players."

Further applications will soon be invited for the next round of grants. Details will appear on the Faversham Rotary Club website favershamrotary.org where there is more information about Rotary, who we are and what we do.

HAND OVER OF PRESIDENTS

Monday 27th July 2020

Monday 29th June saw the end of the Rotary year and with it came the traditional hand over of presidents. With the Covid 19 lockdown still in force, this had to be a virtual hand over but outgoing President Alan Hopkins did somehow manage to  smuggle  the chain of office across to the new President, Michael Hoey.  
 

As an afternote, we did finally get them both together at a very enjoyable socially distancing social get together on the 15th August.  Alan ( pictured left) had completed his second 'tour' as President.

 

 

ZOOM QUIZ NIGHT RAISES £774 FOR THE COVID 19 RELIEF FUND

Saturday 27th June 2020

We held a really enjoyable Zoom Quiz Night last night hosted by Duncan and Rachel with the aim of raising at least £500 for our Covid 19 Relief Fund.  Despite some rather sticky questions over 6 cerebrally challenging rounds (particulalry the one on sport) we all did rather well. The main goal of the evening was more than achieved with a magnificent £774 raised through Just Giving. Many thanks to everyone for their contributions.

SUPPORT FOR THE COMMUNITY - SUPPORTING THE PHYSIC GARDEN AND SCOUTS

Wednesday 6th May 2020

The Club met on Monday at is regular time - but virtuallly on Zoom  - for its AGM and to discuss support for several projects within Faversham.  Pictured right is the Club voting to buy a Zoom licence for the Physic Garden in order that they can stay in contact with their vulnerable supporters; we additionally voted match funding up to £300 to the Faversham Scouts fundraising appeal.

EASTER SUPPORT TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

Thursday 9th April 2020

Whilst we may have had to suspend  our normal meetings, it has not stopped us supporting our community.  Today we funded and delivered small Easter presents of Easter Eggs, flowers, chocolates and biscuits to those resident in the Cottage Hospital,  the Alms Houses and some of the local care homes in order to bring a little cheer at this difficult time. 

CLUB ACTIVITIES SUSPENDED

Tuesday 17th March 2020

In line with Government advice, we have reluctantly suspended our Club activities for the foreseeable future. However, that does not mean that we are not around:  we are still supporting our local community and welcome any approaches or ideas for suppport for those affected by the fallout from Covid 19 in the Faversham area.

Please do stay in touch via our Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/Favershamrotary

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